WONTHAGGI’s Abubeker Mohamed has been named the Victorian Father of the Year for his tireless work in bringing up his family of seven children.
The award was presented by Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle at a ceremony at the Melbourne Town Hall on Monday.
Since coming to Australia with his wife Suad from African country Eritrea in 1996, Abubeker has worked relentlessly to ensure the best upbringing for his large family.
A loving father of seven children aged between two and 12 years old, Abubeker was initially nominated by his 11-year-old daughter Nusayba.
In her nomination Nusayba wrote, “My father is someone I can look up to and inspires me to do good things. He stands up for me and supports me.”
An active cyclist and bushwalker, Abubeker inspires his children to be active and learn about the great outdoors through camping and excursions.
He also ensures his children stay connected to their background and culture with frequent visits to Horn of Africa communities in Melbourne.
Abubeker is a great example of how Australia is enriched by community-minded and passionate people from all over the world.
He is truly a great example to fathers and father figures everywhere.
At the ceremony Abubeker thanked the YMCA Bass Coast for the years of support shown towards his family since moving to Wonthaggi.
He also thanked Wonthaggi North Primary School and Wonthaggi Secondary College where his children attend school.
Abubeker shared in his speech how welcoming the Wonthaggi community has been over the years and he is grateful to call Bass Coast his home and have the opportunity to raise his children in such a wonderful community.
He has also provided a great avenue for Wonthaggi families to learn about different cultures.
Jan Clark has known Abubeker and his family since 2007 when they were neighbours.
“I can’t speak more highly of his family. We have joined in when they have had prayers and shared great times with his family,” Jan said.
Wonthaggi Secondary College Principal Ross Bramley also spoke highly of the Abubeker.
“Abubeker makes a real effort to have a positive impact on his children’s lives,” he said.
Abubeker’s wife Suad, said together they gave everything to their family.
“He is responsible, he has courage and he is a survivor,” she said.
“When he was in Eritrea there was a war. If he could survive there he can survive everywhere. He lives for his children and his family.”
Chair of the Father’s Day Council of Victoria Don Parsons said the award recognised the importance of fathering and family life, whatever the composition of the family.
“The council and YMCA Victoria have searched far and wide for an exemplary father figure – someone who people can to look up to and aspire to be like. A good person, good family values, and a good community member.”
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